Even on a dreary, rain-stained New York City morning (the kind where no-one looks their best or even tries to), former Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney simply sparkles.
She’s a mom, a prolific author and a soap opera legend (yes, the word legend makes her sound older than she is or looks, but to legions of Days Of Our Lives fans, schemer Sami Brady-DiMera will always be one of the greats). Her recent return for Days’ 50th anniversary lit up the Twitterverse.
In town to promote Arm and Hammer’s Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh and Bright & Strong collections (which include toothpaste, a rinse and a manual and battery powered toothbrush), Sweeney chatted with Beauty In the Bag about looking as good as she feels and feeling as good as she looks.
1. How do you manage to look so perfect?
“Less is more. The biggest lesson I have learned is that you don’t need a lot of makeup to look your best. I put on mascara and lipstick, and I am out of there.”
2. How do you keep so fit?
“I run and I do a really challenging uphill hikes. I love a good spin class. I like to bike outside or just go for a walk with my kids. I try to model healthy behavior for my children. My son sometimes goes on runs with me. It’s good for him to see how fit I am. This makes him stronger.”
3. What did you learn from all of the inspiring stories on the Biggest Loser?
“It’s not just fitting into certain sized jeans, but being healthy. The most important lesson is that weight loss and getting healthy has to be something you choose. You must choose it every day. You can’t do it for superficial reasons. You have to decide for yourself that you are worth it.”
4. Who is your health and wellness role model?
“My mom is 75 and she is incredible. She is obsessive about sunscreen and taught me to be too since I was a little kid. Her outlook is ‘I want to have fun and travel so why would I let some predetermined date on calendar stop me.’”
5. Any beauty secrets to share?
“I use a moisturizing skin cream at night and wear sunscreen every day. Brushing my teeth with Truly Radiant is the best way to start the day and feel confident.”
6. How do you keep all of this up when you travel?
“I drink a lot of water. It’s so important to be thoughtful about choices, whether that means packing my manual toothbrush and toothpaste or working out at the hotel gym instead of going straight to work when I arrive someplace new.”
What’s next for you career-wise?
“My newest novel “Opportunity Knocks” comes out in April 2016. It’s about a makeup artist who moves to New York to find herself and ends up working for a tyrant. I’m also filming a movie for the Hallmark channel that will air in June.”